NEW TROPED 2018 UPDATE: Deadline for abstracts extended to August 31

UPDATE 3: Deadline for abstracts extended to 31 August 2018. For more information, visit

UPDATE 3: Deadline for abstracts and early bird registration have been extended to 31 July 2018. Early bird registration has been extended to 31 July 2018.

UPDATE 2: Early bird registration has been extended to 15 July 2018. See updated fee structure below.

UPDATE 1: We are pleased to inform everyone that the deadline for abstracts has been extended to 29 June 2018.


On behalf of the executive committee, we are inviting you to attend the International Conference on Tropical Fruit Pests and Diseases (TROPED 2018) on 25-27 September 2018 at the Le Meridien Hotel, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.


Bearing the theme “Sustainable Solutions for Tropical Fruit Pests and Diseases,”  TROPED 2018 is organized by the International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) with support from the Malaysian Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry (MOA) and co-organized by the Universiti Malaysia Sabah, CABI South East Asia, and the Malaysian Agriculture Research and Development Institute.


Keynote Presenters 

We are pleased to announce that the keynote presentations will be delivered by two international experts on pests and diseases: Dr. Randy Christopher Ploetz from the University of Florida and Dr. Julie Flood from CABI UK.


Dr. Randy Ploetz is a Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Florida’s Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead. He is an authority on tropical fruit crop diseases and has edited or written four books, 60 book chapters, 200 research publications and around 150 popular articles on these topics. He was the first to study global populations of the Fusarium wilt on banana.





Dr. Julie Flood has extensive experience working with diseases of high value horticultural crops (such as tropical fruits) and others like cocoa, oil palm coffee, coconut, and cassava. She has worked on institutional development and capacity building, particularly in SE Asia, the Pacific and Africa. Throughout her career she has had extensive experience in connecting farmers, institutions and countries to knowledge, experience and resources both on a national and international level.





The full tentative programme can be viewed at


Important Dates


14 March 2018
Call for Papers
1st Announcement
Early Bird Registration Begins
20 April 2018
2nd Announcement
31 July 2018
Deadline for Abstract Submissions
31 July 2018
Early Bird Registration Ends
10 August 2018
Final Announcement
31 August 2018
Deadline of Abstracts
20 September 2018
Deadline of Full Papers
25 September 2018
Start of Conference


Abstract Submission

We are inviting researchers, industry players, students, farmers, and policy makers to submit their abstracts for the technical sessions of the conference. Abstracts should be relevant to the following themes:

  1. New and Emerging Tropical Fruits Pests and Diseases
  2. Challenges and Opportunities in Biosecurity and Quarantine
  3. Plant Health, Soil Nutrition and Disease-free Planting Materials
  4. Advances in Biological Control Methods
  5. Advances in Biotechnology Research on Tropical Fruit Pests and Diseases
  6. Developments in Plant Protection: Emerging Trends and Capacity Requirements

Guidelines for the submission of abstracts are available in the TROPED website. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by our Scientific Committee.


Poster Exhibition

Participants are also invited to present their work through scientific posters. The best poster will be awarded a cash prize of USD 250.



Paper submissions will be reviewed by a panel of experts in crop protection and biotechnology. All accepted oral papers will be published in the conference proceedings indexed in CAB Abstracts, a leading English language bibliographic information system.


Registration Fees


Early Bird
(Before 31 July 2018)
(After 31 July 2018)
International Participants
(Non-TFNet Members)
USD 450
USD 500
International Participants
(TFNet Members)
USD 350
USD 400
Local Participants
(Non-TFNet Members)
MYR 750
MYR 900
Local Participants
(TFNet Members)
MYR 600
MYR 750
International Students
USD 100
USD 200
Local Students
MYR 250
MYR 350
Field trip
USD 50 (RM 200)
USD 50 (RM 200)


  1. For participants intending to submit multiple papers, the following rates would apply:
    • 1st paper: Advertised rates
    • 2nd paper: 50% of advertised rates
    • 3rd paper and onwards: USD 50 (RM 200) for each paper
  2. For participants intending to submit multiple papers, the following rates would apply:
    • 1st poster: Advertised rates
    • 2nd poster and onwards: a flat rate of USD 50 (RM 200)
  3. To register and avail of the early bird discount, visit:



Venue and Accommodation









The Conference will be held at the Le Méridien Hotel in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. To view available accommodation options, visit:


Side Event – Plant Clinic by CABI


Live demonstrations of CABI’s Plant Clinic will be conducted during the conference by international experts. Under the umbrella of Plantwise program, plant clinics are free designated meeting places where local plant health extension officers (known as plant doctors) help farmers struggling with pests and diseases affecting their crops.


For more information, visit

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